Summary: As part of a longer review, I compared two Sonys, a Panasonic, and a Canon compact digital. Here's how it ended up: The Losers: Nikon S9100 for poor build quality, poor video, and sounding like a tractor when you operate the zoom. The Sony HX7V for sea-slug slow shooting performance.
Great Camera, But Sony offer's better thats cheaper
M. Rubinstein "www_rubyfilmz_com", Amazon
30 December 2011
Summary: ok this camera is great, lots of settings, great build, but in low light its terrible. The lens is 3.3 so its needs lots of lite in bad lighting conditions. PROS Solid build, feels good in the hand Lots of different settings Long zoom HD video looks great on HDTV (only footage shot in the daytime) Cons low light is terrible not so fast at taking pics ( sonys has cheaper camers that are better) If you are looking for a camera with a great zoom, and for outside, daytime...
Summary: we purchased this camera to be used in places where we couldn't use our DSLR. After reading these reviews and unpacking the camera I was excited to put it to use. It's a very well built camera, design was great, and it felt solid. Menus were easy to use as well. HD movie quality is great, pictures where you don't need the flash turns out great. It unfortunately over exposed every picture where flash was utilized.
Summary: I've owned mostly Sony cameras over the last 12 years. I prefer how they work. I've owned and used most of the other major brands, but for point and shoot I'm still a Sony fanboy. Sonys get the exposure and color balance better than the Canons I've owned, especially for flash pictures. But this Sony has disappointed me. Maybe it's just me - I have this funny quirk, when I press the shutter button on the camera, I expect the camera to take a picture.
Summary: This camera very much underwhelms. The indoor video and photo quality is very grainy and not acceptable. Battery life is really bad and charge time for the battery is very long. The stereo microphone placement is really bad. You end up covering it with your fingers when trying to shoot a video. The camera lacks some needed manual settings. Overall I would not recommend it.
Summary: I had read reviews on this camera on CNET and was intrigued by all the features it had. Did some research and bought it here at Amazon. The first night I received my order I took many shots of a park and walking trail. I tried every feature and setting to try to find "true" color representation. It was impossible. For all the great features it has, it means nothing if you can't accurately represent the colors. I immediately knew this wasn't the camera for me.
Summary: you can tell there will be a lot of Noise before you actually take picture by this camera. Even though the feature of this camera are very attractive to people, it is kinda useless if you really try it. So if you really want to get it, try it in some store with your Camera-knowledgble friend. I personally recommand Panasonic, Canon and Nikon.
Summary: Was a previous owner of a Sony Cybershot DCS-W90 and the Burst/Continuous Shooting was fantastic! 2.4 fps. You would hold the button down and it would continously fire shots until you release the button, no delay and no time to save the picture or move the picture from buffer to memory card.
Sensor dust fowls an otherwise good P&S with good video
John M. Koch "no one's dittohead", Amazon
17 October 2010
Summary: The HX5V is a $500 videocam disguised as a $250 pocket digicam. You get an optical stabilizer and video options comparable to Sony's high end consumer videocams in a camera that fits in your pocket. The stereo mic is a bit mis-placed, but one gets used to it. The daylight still photos are just OK, the low-light ones are better than any you'll get without a DSLR. Just don't expect great color balance if the illumination is from sodium vapor street lamps.